Birmingham Airport brings in extra measures as staff throw out 1.5 tonnes of excess liquids and gels a day

Birmingham Airport is bringing in extra liquid stations after security staff had to dispose of 1.5 tonnes of liquids, pastes and gels brought in by passengers every day.

The measures, being brought into action today, include opening an enlarged temporary structure providing multiple ‘liquid check stations’ to ensure that customers’ cabin baggage complies with new Government regulations introduced this month.

It said the facility will be staffed by third party customer service specialists who will check that customers comply with the temporary liquid rules on cabin baggage rules.

Over the past month, scores of photos and videos showing the chaos at the airport have been shared on social media, with some holidaymakers reporting missing their flights or cancelling their holidays due to the huge queues.

Nick Barton, CEO of Birmingham Airport, said: “These new measures are designed to give passengers a smoother and easier experience though security. Our enlarged teams will be on hand to explain the new liquid rules, we all have to comply with, and help passengers prepare for security. The more we can do together to reduce the number of bags that don’t comply with these rules, the more we can reduce queues at security screening.

“Our additional teams aim to help customers travel through the airport with the minimum of inconvenience arising from these restrictions this summer. As always, our advice is to only turn up when your airline has advised and remember that only containers of 100ml, or less, of liquids, pastes and gels can be carried in cabin luggage.”

Birmingham Airport is implementing these additional temporary facilities to help passengers overcome the re-reintroduction of these rules.

Since the restrictions were introduced on June 9, Birmingham Airport said it has had to remove around 1.5 tonnes of liquids, pastes and gels every day to make sure that customers comply with the Government regulations.